Archaeologists on the warpath
In Sweden if a developer wants to build a shopping center or a road, the archaeologists get to come in first. You never know when you might find a Viking burial ground or a Bronze Age settlement.
But now many archaeologists here are upset over a government proposal to change the system to choose who carries out the excavation. In the name of encouraging competition, the Ministry of Culture wants to let the property developers pick the team doing the dig.
The concern, as we hear from Lars Z. Larsson, who’s responsible for such excavations, the Contract Archaeology Service, at the Swedish National Heritage Board, is that this will result in cheap sloppy digs that let the developers start work too soon.